Match Report by Tulips' Press Officer, Ray Tucker:-
The Tulips, fielding a near full-strength squad for the first time this season, won a deserved share of the NPL Evo-Stik East Division points with a highly credited share of the spoils with a Cleethorpes Town side already being tipped for great things.
A single point was indeed very welcome, but it could so easily have been all three for the Tulips but for some missed scoring opportunities and some smart saves by home ‘keeper Dylan Parkin particularly in the second half. On the hour the ‘keeper performed heroics with a double save, firstly managing to get behind a Danny Brooks blockbuster and then denying Jordan Lemon who had homed-in on the loose ball.
And then, after The Owls had cancelled out George Zuerner’s 32nd minute opener with a close range effort by Brody Robertson (78th min), the ‘keeper somehow managed to clutch on to a stinging 25 yards strike by Tulips’ substitute Scott Floyd in added time.
The early stage of the game was not particularly entertaining with lots of lofted ball in windy conditions, and a number of tricky bouncing ball situations for the players to contend with. But play was evenly contested.
The best movement of the first quarter resulted in the deadlock being broken. Breaking down the left side, the Tulips put together some sharp passing to find Jordan Lemon in space. He made ground before pinging over a low cross into the home area for George Zuerner who made no mistake from 12 yards.
Moments later more good play by Lemon found Tom Siddons but he fired over the bar and Ben Davison, who was posing a continual threat to the home defence, particularly with his height advantage, was proving to be quite a handful for former Tulip colleague Paul Walker who was occupying a central defence role for The Owls.
The second period was nip-and-tuck with play continually from end to end but with few solid scoring chances. The Owls attacked with some pace and threatened with a good right side movement, but the end product was missing.
Scott Lloyd and Conor Marshall both had good efforts go unrewarded before the Tulips, who had looked solid throughout in defence, finally cracked and Brody Robertson punished them with a clinical close range shot from an acute angle on 78 minutes.
The closing 15 minutes (including four of added time) were hotly contested but the game ended in an honourable draw for both teams.
Tulips: Michael Duggan, Conor Marshall, James Hugo, Jack Fixter, Kern Miller, Neal Spafford, George Zuerner (Scott Floyd, 58mins), Daniel Brooks, Tom Sidddons, Ben Davison (Gary King, 70 mins), Jordan Lemon (Jonny Lockie 83 mins). Subs (not used): Luke White, Leon Mettam.
Tulips’ Man-of-the-Match: Ben Davison